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Fail Safe (1964)


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Commentary 1: Director Sidney Lumet Rating:8.8/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Kgprophet79 on June 21st, 2013:Find all reviews by Kgprophet79
Sidney Lumet does not disguise the low budget of this film. He sounds apologetic about it, but it is a great lesson to low budget filmmakers out there on how to get more bang for your lack of bucks. Lumet had to create a military drama without the help of the military. There is great appreciation to the very deliberate style of shooting and editing as one of the great directors of our time gives his wisdom about constructing a scene.

He also touches on the historical significance, and the coincidental release of "Dr. Strangelove". A great listen throughout.
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on March 26th, 2021:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Lumet is cinematic genius. This, unfortunately, for an excellent and still compelling film, is not his best commentary. Granted, it was recorded 36 years after filming. Lumet provides quality information about the limited budget, the shooting locations, the actors, compositions of shots, the rivalry with Dr. Strangelove, and the recent renewed interest in the film. I suspect this had to do with the George Clooney reimagining of Fail-Safe around that same time but Lumet does not mention the new version.

When Sidney Lumet talks, I listen, but there are frequent gaps in this commentary.